Tuatara

Alan and Jean sharing our cruising news with friends, family.

20 July 2015 | Rabi Island Fiji
29 June 2015 | Suva Fiji
18 December 2013 | Auckland
05 December 2013 | Auckland
27 October 2013 | Vavau Tonga
12 September 2013 | Samoa
24 July 2013 | Moorea, Tahiti
19 July 2013 | Papeete
19 June 2013 | Nuka Hiva
02 June 2013 | Pacific Ocean
29 May 2013 | Pacific Ocean
24 May 2013 | Eastern Pacific Ocean
19 May 2013 | Western Pacific Ocean
16 May 2013 | Western Pacific Ocean
13 May 2013 | Isla Isabella
06 May 2013 | Isla Isabella
08 April 2013 | Shelter Bay marina, Colon.
28 March 2013 | Belize
27 March 2013 | Belize
03 March 2013 | Panamarina, Panama

Living aboard at Westhaven

18 December 2013 | Auckland
Hot and breezy
Christmas is fast approaching and the weather has been magnificent. We are enjoying living at Westhaven the scene is always changing, people and boats coming and going, the pohutukawa trees are covered in red, looking gorgeous even on a cloudy day.


Alan is working hard on Road Runner to get all the new bits and pieces fitted. Jim Pasco is up from Hamilton for a couple of days to help fit new batteries among other things. The thing I like about this project is all the retail therapy I have been getting although some of the Marine Industry can be very frustrating. On one of the few wet windy days (not wasting fine weather work time) we went to Lusty and Blundell, the Raymarine supposed experts, to price a new tiller pilot along with other bits, all adding up to a considerable amount of money. Their service was very poor we almost felt we had to produce a bank statement to prove we were serious. We left feeling quite despondent and confused with no progress made on the RR project. The salesman had even told Alan he was wrong about a tiller pilot that was on their own website, that it wasn't on the website and didn't exist. On returning to Westhaven we called into The Nav Station. Wow what a difference, Will was a breath of fresh air, he knew exactly what Alan wanted and could talk knowledgeably about all the products we needed. We left The Nav Station feeling confident that the RR project was on track again. Will even produced a Raymarine catalogue showing the Tiller pilot "that didn't exist". Just for the record, Lusty and Blundell, it is on your website too! I guess if we had turned up with super yacht written all over us we would have got better service. I just hope all our overseas cruising friends buying marine gear in NZ this summer get the Will treatment not the Lusty and Blundell type. Apart from that glitch we have had good service and it is so handy being here at Westhaven close to all the services we need. It doesn't hurt so much paying lumps of money over to helpful likeable people.


There are lots of things I cant help or don't want to help Alan with so that leaves me free to go for walking around Westhaven, St Marys Bay and Ponsonby. One day I walked across the newish over motorway walkway up through St Marys Bay admiring the views and beautiful houses.



There is one drawback of living in the marina, laundry cannot be hung out to dry, spoils the scenery. The management do provide a good dryer in the laundry however today I realised how many clothes I have that cannot be tossed around in hot air. The marina at Apia in Samoa had the same rules although no one took any notice of the rules. The marina there was falling to bits so a bit of laundry flapping in the breeze was neither here nor there. Today is hot and breezy so I risked a few things out on coat hangers. Clothes on coat hangers aren't really classed as laundry out to dry.. is it?

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Vessel Name: Tuatara
Vessel Make/Model: Alan Wright 51
Hailing Port: Opua NZ
Crew: Alan and Jean Ward
Tuatara's Photos - Talitha (Main)
Our land trip to Cuba March 2013
38 Photos
Created 18 March 2013
24 Photos
Created 26 January 2013
19 Photos
Created 24 January 2013
Mix of Photos while in Trinidad working on Tuatara at the Power boats yard at chaguaramas
40 Photos
Created 4 December 2012
ECO Tourism in Dominica
20 Photos
Created 1 April 2012
79 Photos
Created 1 April 2012
41 Photos
Created 31 March 2012
29 Photos
Created 31 March 2012
Barbados 2011/2012
23 Photos
Created 5 January 2012
Atlantic crossing Dec 2011
15 Photos
Created 5 January 2012
53 Photos
Created 29 November 2011
Tuatara and Crew in Rabat and surrounds October 2011
110 Photos
Created 24 October 2011
40 Photos
Created 17 September 2011
42 Photos
Created 6 August 2011
31 Photos
Created 6 August 2011
July 20011
8 Photos
Created 18 July 2011
Sicily July 2011
32 Photos
Created 18 July 2011
48 Photos
Created 5 July 2011
20 Photos
Created 3 July 2011
68 Photos
Created 27 May 2011
Turkey April 2011
42 Photos
Created 17 April 2011
Syria trip April 2011
82 Photos
Created 13 April 2011
82 Photos
Created 30 March 2011
51 Photos
Created 25 March 2011
32 Photos
Created 6 January 2011
IRELAND LAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION 2010
62 Photos
Created 24 December 2010
36 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 12 December 2010
67 Photos
Created 29 November 2010
27th October 2010
113 Photos
Created 17 November 2010
22 Photos
Created 21 June 2010
62 Photos
Created 19 May 2010
39 Photos
Created 13 April 2010
48 Photos
Created 13 April 2010
70 Photos
Created 8 March 2010
89 Photos
Created 25 January 2010
Borneo East coast photos September 2009
25 Photos
Created 8 October 2009
Mainly Tawau yacht club and sailing kids
17 Photos
Created 8 October 2009
Includes Fleet review at Manado with the Indonesian navy and USS George Washington an aircraft carrier.
28 Photos
Created 4 September 2009
35 Photos
Created 4 September 2009
Saumlaki to Wotap cruising the Taminbar Islands
54 Photos
Created 4 September 2009
28 Photos
Created 13 June 2009
10 Photos
Created 8 December 2008
23 Photos
Created 8 December 2008
Folder with sub folders of different areas of Vietnam May/June 2008
1 Photo | 3 Sub-Albums
Created 26 July 2008
Cambodia trip May 2008
34 Photos
Created 20 July 2008
Bits and pieces around Phuket, Thailand Feb to April 2008
19 Photos
Created 7 April 2008
NZ to Indonesia 2007
930 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 6 April 2008
Photos of Bangkok to Laos trip Feb 2008
60 Photos
Created 13 March 2008
Langkawi to Phuket, including PhiPhi islands and Phang Nga Bay
47 Photos
Created 28 January 2008
44 Photos
Created 8 December 2007
23 Photos
Created 2 December 2007
25 Photos
Created 25 October 2007
58 Photos
Created 24 October 2007

Sailing in the Pacific

Who: Alan and Jean Ward
Port: Opua NZ